12 Countries Represented in Manchester City's 2011/12 EPL Title-Winning Squad
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Players from 12 different countries picked up English Premier League title-winning medals with Manchester City on Sunday, including first-time winners for Belgium, Bosnia, Chile, Italy, and Montenegro.
Captain Vincent Kompany became the first Belgian to win a title medal while fellow center-back Stefan Savic is the first Montenegrin to pick up a winner's medal in the 20 years of the EPL.
Bosnia's Edin Dzeko is his country's first player to win in England's top league and he topped off a fine campaign by getting an injury-time equalizer against QPR in the crunch decider on Sunday.
Mario Balotelli—playing his first season in England —became the first Italian to win a title medal while on-loan Chilean midfielder David Pizaro did the same for his native land.
After host country England, Argentina contributed the highest batch of players and were represented by Sergio Aguero—who scored the all-crucial third goal in the dying seconds for City in the 3-2 victory on Sunday, along with fellow striker Carlos Tevez and defender Pablo Zabaleta, who picked an opportune time to score his first goal of the season when he gave City a 1-0 lead over QPR late in the first half.
Ivory Coast's Kolo Toure and younger brother YaYa— who provided the assist for Zabaleta's goal—made sure Africa was represented in this year's winning roster.
The Balkans was further represented by Serbian defender Alexander Kolarov, who became the third Serb to win an EPL title after Manchester Utd.'s Nemanja Vidic and Matya Kezman, who won a medal for Chelsea in 2005.
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France had Samir Nasri and Gael Clichy picking up medals while Spain was represented by mercurial midfielder David Silva, and Holland had hard-hitting tackler Nigel de Jong in the winning squad.
The eight homegrown players in the Man City squad are goalkeeper Joe Hart, who had 17 clean sheets this season, along with sub-goalie Stuart Taylor, defenders Joleon Lescott and Micah Richards and midfielders Gareth Barry, Owen Hargreaves, Adam Johnson and James Milner.
On the management side, Roberto Mancini is the second Italian to guide an EPL title-winning side after Carlo Ancelotti took Chelsea to victory in 2009/10. He also joins an elite group of just five managers to have won the title since the inception of the Premier League in 1992—besides Ancelotti, the others are Scots Alex Ferguson, a record 12 titles with Manchester United, and Kenny Dalglish who guided Blackburn to victory in the inaugural 1992/93 season, Arsenal's French manager Arsene Wenger (three) and Portugal's Jose Mourinho who won two with Chelsea.
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